A native of Fribourg, Switzerland, Dominique Schafer is a composer whose breadth of musical expression encompasses both the acoustic instrumentations and the electroacoustic media. His music has been performed in the USA, Asia, Latin America and Europe by ensembles and performers such as the Arditti String Quartet, Dinosaur Annex Ensemble, Ensemble Fa, Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), Talea Ensemble, Frances Marie Uitti (cello solo piece played with two bows), Alarm will Sound, the Callithumpian Consort, Orchestre National de Lorraine (France), E-Mex ensemble (Germany), Modern Art Sextet, Jeremias Schwarzer, and the California EAR Unit, and at festivals such as Musica Nova Finland, June in Buffalo, and Festival Archipel Geneva. Recent commissions include an orchestra work for the Philharmonia of the state-theater Cottbus, Germany (premiered in 2013), a new work for the quartet Inverspace, and a nonet for Ensemble Proton Bern’s 2014/15 season. His collaboration with Marco Fusi to write a new work for viola d’amore was recently awarded a grant from New Music USA.
In 2011-12 Dominique Schafer was awarded a 12-month fellowship from Switzerland to reside at the Atelier Jean Tinguely of the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, France. His compositions have received international recognition, and he is the recipient of numerous awards, which include the Adelbert Sprague Composition Award, George Arthur Knight Composition Prize, twice regional winner of the ASCAP/SCI commission competition, and second prize of the Kempten Orchesterverein composition competition in Germany, and grants from the American Music
Dominique Schafer holds a PhD degree in Composition from Harvard University, and BA and MA in Composition from University of California, Los Angeles. His primary mentors in composition include Paul Reale, Mario Davidovsky, Bernard Rands, Magnus Lindberg, Julian Anderson, Helmut Lachenmann, Brian Ferneyhough, and Chaya Czernowin. He has been teaching composition and music theory at institutions including Harvard University, University of Rhode Island, and the Etchings Festival (Auvillar, France). He was recently appointed as Assistant Professor of Composition and Theory at the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music of Chapman University, California.